Forget that corporate-Hallmark-Valentine's Day propaganda about painting the town red. Everybody knows that if you're really cool, you'll Paint the Town Blue in Bancroft Park (2408 W. Colorado Ave.) tonight and every Thursday through Aug. 17 from 5:30 to 7:30. This evening, Big Sky will provide the blues, while Front Range Barbeque vends the treats. Look for Dick Cunico's Little Big Band, Tribe and That Band in future weeks. Rain moves the party across the street to Thunder and Buttons II. Call 685-1861 ext. 42 or visit pikespeakblues.org for more information. MS
Feature-length documentary Omar & Pete creates a startling portrait of two men struggling to maintain their friendship and to re-enter society after spending 30 years in and out of prison. A screening of the film will take place from 6:30 to 9 tonight at the Springs Rescue Mission (5 W. Las Vegas St.), a faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping those less fortunate in Colorado Springs. After the screening, there will be an open discussion on the effects of drugs and crime on communities. The film's director is Tod Lending, an Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner. Call 213-4610 for more information. TW
- Get wrecked at the demolition derby on Saturday.
Suppressed road rage got you down? Think you'd feel better if you were able to smack your car into some other cars or at least watch some twisting metal? Make the dream a reality at the demolition derby at the El Paso County Fairgrounds (366 10th St., Calhan) at 6 tonight. The event features four separate classes of car entry, from chained to mini-series, and offers cash prizes to pit survivors. Enter by 4 p.m. to race; forms and rules are available at elpasocountyfair.com. The cost to voyeuristically revel in the carnage is between $10 and $16, which includes gate admission to the fair. Call 520-7880 for more information. MS
People with pants as billowed and jackets as square as the seven musicians of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy must be up to something. Pinstriped zoot suits usually call to mind gangsters and gamblers, or at least an old film. But in this case, these cats are merely taking fashion cues from their notoriously 1940s-style swing music. The nationally acclaimed group plays bop, swing and blues in their own way that makes retro fresh. Tonight, they'll perform at the Gold Rush Palladium (209 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek). Tickets are $20 to $29; visit ticketweb.com. TW
- Zoot swingers Big Bad Voodoo Daddy play Cripple Creek on Sunday.
Good luck finding a band more by-the-book hip than Bloc Party. First discovered by Franz Ferdinand; endorsed by legendary BBC DJ Steve Lamacq; owners of a debut album voted "Best of 2005" by tastemaking mag NME; and still sorta underground in the U.S., despite pretty faces, wavy hair and tight thrift-shop T-shirts. If you're at their 8 p.m. show at the Ogden Theatre (935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver), you'll be at the cultural vanguard for a few, fleeting hours. Go to nipp.com to buy a $25 ticket and drink it in. KW
After premiering at Sundance in 2004, Jessica Sharzer's feature film, Speak, will be tonight's grand finale for the "Film Fatales: Women in the Director's Chair" series at Colorado College. Based on the bestselling novel, Speak tells the story of a high-school victim of date rape who becomes mute in reaction to the trauma. After the screening, Sharzer will participate in an open discussion about her film. The 90-minute drama was nominated for Writers Guild and Directors Guild Awards in 2005. The free event takes place at 6:30 p.m. in CC's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.). Call 389-6098 for more information. TW
You name it, Memorial Park hosts it. Farmers' markets, hot-air balloon events and, from Aug. 1-5, the 122nd annual National Target Championships. Archers from as far away as Chinese Taipei and the Philippines will be downtown and taking on competition that's a bit more local, including four-time Olympian Butch Johnson of Connecticut, 2004 Olympian Jennifer Nichols of Wyoming, and UCCS 2006 All-American Nathan McCullough. Some of the biggest names in Paralympic competition will compete, too. As usual at the park, the event is free; for a full schedule, visit usarchery.org. KW
This week's 7 Days contributors: Matthew Schniper, Taylor Wiles and Kirk Woundy.